Gregg Williams is no longer with the New Orleans Saints, but in his wake his former team is dealing with a significant crisis. Now with the St. Louis Rams, Williams likely faces significant discipline from the NFL after allegedly helping organize a pay-for-performance program for his defense in New Orleans -- a program that included monetary incentives for causing injuries to opponents.
On Friday, Williams acted quickly, releasing a statement apologizing for his actions in New Orleans.
"I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the ‘pay for performance' program while I was with the Saints. It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again."
At this point, it appears we're past the point of denials and will quickly move ahead to the disciplinary period. Williams taking responsibility for the program would seem to suggest he's in for a hefty punishment -- be it in the form of a hefty fine or suspension, or both.